APA is the most commonly used referencing style at universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. At NHL Stenden, we also use the APA style when referring to sources.* The APA style was drawn up by the American Psychological Association.

APA is not only a format for writing papers, but also a way to refer to sources. It provides guidelines for source citations, quotations, paraphrases and source list construction. The library has developed, in some cases in collaboration with other libraries, several products and services that can help you to apply APA.

The APA infographic will help you to find the right information about APA.

  • APA quick guide (PDF) 
    This quick guide provides an overview of the most important rules. 
  • Library guide
    Project APA7 has created a library guide on the APA guidelines and how to apply them. 
  • Knowledge clips 
    Project APA7 has developed knowledge clips on the APA guidelines. The knowledge clips can be found in both Dutch and English on this page and are also available on YouTube and Presentation2Go (after logging into NHL Stenden search for APA and select filter 'none').



For those still working with the 6th edition of the guidelines, it is a good idea to review this video with the main ten differences. 


  • Go to the library
    The information desk is open every day during library opening hours to answer your APA-related questions.
  • Make an appointment
    Multiple questions or uncertainties? Make an appointment with your information specialist.
  • Join a workshop
    Register for the workshop: Referencing according to APA  
  • Email us at library@nhlstenden.com.


More information

*IEEE is used in some courses. You can find more information about this reference style in the Toolbox information literacy skills.